About the NCC

Richard Oldfield, Chief Executive

"We are industry's research and development partner. When companies need to make things lighter, stronger, smarter and more sustainable they come to the NCC. With access to 'beyond' state-of-the-art technology and the best composites engineering capabilities in the world, we help our customers solve the most complex engineering challenges of our time."

Our Strategy

Leading collaborative innovation

A world leader in composite technology

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Leading collaborative innovation

To be recognised as a world leader in composite technology, accelerating the development and uptake of digital technologies for composites and growing the market for composites by driving innovation through collaboration and partnerships.


Highly motivated and engaged teams

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To push the boundaries of what's possible in the application of composites, building highly motivated and engaged teams that create an innovative and entrepreneurial culture at the NCC.



Leading in sustainability for composites

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To future-proof the application of composites by exploring novel materials and process capability, enabling industry to make more informed decisions on their application.

Changing markets and products

Making composites a mass market proposition

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Changing markets and products

To offer a wide range of capabilities from teams of specialists to the latest technology, to deliver complete engineering solutions. Improving the adoption and economic impact of the technology developed and delivering customer work to time, cost and the highest quality.

Resilient expansion

Making composites accessible

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Resilient expansion

To ensure composites technology and engineering expertise is accessible to every sector, so they can harness the full potential of composites and in turn, contribute to a sustained c.10% annual growth at the NCC.

Transforming business practices

Responding to the needs of customers

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Transforming business practices

To be agile and responsive to the needs of varied sectors and customers, and always working to the very highest standards of health and safety.

Our Stories

  • Heraeus Noblelight Ltd. upgrades to Tier Two membership

    Heraeus Noblelight Ltd., based in Cambridge (UK), the centre of excellence for flash lamp technology, has upgraded to Tier 2 membership with the NCC.
  • STEM competition launched to inspire the next generation of budding engineers, scientists and environmentalists

    The NCC has launched an exciting virtual poster competition open to all Year 8 students (aged 12-13) across the UK to inspire the next generation of budding engineers, scientists, environmentalists and sustainability policy experts.
  • Six companies join NCC SME Affiliate Scheme

    The NCC is delighted to welcome B&M Longworth, Composite Braiding, INSPHERE, LMAT, SHD Composites, and 2-DTech to the SME Affiliate Scheme, which gives small and medium-sized enterprises affordable access to the NCC’s capabilities, expertise, training and networks.
  • Sustainable Composites: evolving from ReDisCoveR

    Lucy Eggleston and Ben Cross talk about how the ReDIsCoveR Large Transformational Project was developed and how it has now evolved into Sustainable Composites, a partnership between the NCC and CPI. Sustainable Composites is based on the findings of ReDisCoveR, which includes a number of projects that have now turned into collaborative R&D programmes.
  • NCC and Dstl join forces to facilitate innovative R&D in future combat aircraft composite structures

    An exciting new partnership has been formed to explore the art of the possible for the next generation of lightweight, strong and resilient combat aircraft composite structures. The NCC and Dstl are leading the programme through their joint steering group and wider community, which will bring together the greatest minds from academia, leading defence primes, SMEs and other parties outside of the traditional defence sector.

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